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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Hearty & Healthy Breakfast

There will always be an ongoing debate about which is healthier- Oatmeal or Steel Cut Oats, but if you have never tried Steel Cut Oats I definitely recommended it. Such a great new breakfast for the cold Fall/Winter mornings.

Steel Cut Oats are whole grain groates (inner portion of the oat kernel) which have been cut into two or three pieces by steel rather than being rolled. They have a slightly nuttier taste and have a chewy texture. This allows you to take your time enjoying each bite.
Steel Cut Oats are essential grains which are full of nutritional value, rich in B-vitamins, calcium, protein and fiber, while low in sodium and saturated fat. They have a lower gylcemic index than instant oatmeal, causing a lesser spike in insulin levels when consumed. So over all a great start to any morning!
They take 20-30 minutes to cook but definitely worth it. I make a 1 cup (dry) batch and then divide it in 4 servings and refrigerate until needed. I just add a little water and pop it in the microwave to reheat. It tastes great! You can also look for Quick Steel Cut Oats- I think Trader Joe's sells some, these only take 8 minutes to cook as they are pre-steamed.

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